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Barry Jenkins to direct a film on choreographer Alvin Ailey’s life

Barrry Jenkins' new film will be partly based on Jennifer Dunning’s biography Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance. Searchlight last year began developing the film after securing the rights to Ailey’s choreography from the Ailey Organization.

By: AP | New York | Published: June 4, 2019 10:56:18 am
Barry Jenkins new film Barry Jenkins is all set to direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.

A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday confirmed that the studio is developing the project, with the Moonlight filmmaker directing. Jenkins last helmed the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk.

Raised in segregated rural Texas, Ailey became a pioneering choreographer, dancer and director who helped popularize modern dance. He died in 1989 at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The film will be partly based on Jennifer Dunning’s biography Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance. Searchlight last year began developing the film after securing the rights to Ailey’s choreography from the Ailey Organization.

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